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Congratulations to our Wheel Options grand prize winner: Rory Hollins from Puget Sound Blood Center is going to Hawaii!!!
Congratulations to all of the Wheel Options prize winners, including:
- Liam Kiemele, Microsoft - Weekend getaway for two to The Westin Bayshore in Vancouver, Canada, courtesy of WSRO and Starwood Hotels
- Robert Schanz, WA State Dept. of Transportation, in Olympia - Weekend getaway for two to Sheraton Seattle in Seattle, Washington, courtesy of WSRO and Starwood Hotels
- Dickson Dorr, Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor - Weekend getaway for two to Sheraton Seattle, courtesy of WSRO and Starwood Hotels
- Dayna Eden, The Everett Clinic - Weekend getaway for two to the Westin Portland in Portland, Oregon, courtesy of WSRO and Starwood Hotels
- Brenda West, City of Bellevue - Weekend getaway for two the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver, Canada, courtesy of WSRO and Starwood Hotels
- Joe Traynor, Mikron/Quanex in Kent, Weekend getaway for two the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver, Canada, courtesy of WSRO and Starwood Hotels
- Pamela Wilson, Yakima Transit, Weekend getaway for two the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver, Canada, courtesy of WSRO and Starwood Hotels
- Brad Roberts, Intellectual Ventures - $100 VISA gift card, courtesy of Quanex Window and Door Systems
- Rhonda McDonnell, Spokane County - $100 Amazon gift card, courtesy of Avista
- Sara Kempe, Microsoft - $100 MasterCard gift card, courtesy of Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems
- Steven Elliott, Utilities and Transportation Commission - $100 American Express gift card, courtesy of Microsoft
- Laurie Burns, Swedish Medical Center - $100 American Express gift card, courtesy of Microsoft
- And more!
Go to Wheel Options for a complete list of Wheel Options prizes and prize winners. Thank you to the over 17,000 commuters who participated in Wheel Options 2013.
THANK YOU FOR BEING PART OF THE 2013 COMMUTE TRIP REDUCTION SURVEY. WE TRULY APPRECIATE YOUR HELP AND YOUR TIME!
2013 CTR survey prize winners AT Metro Bases
2013 CTR survey prize winners at other King County worksites
In Washington, more than 45% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are associated with transportation. This means that using alternatives to drive-alone commuting can make a big difference in reducing our contribution to global warming. As a major employer and community leader, King County is committed to helping its employees reduce drive-alone trips at all its worksites.
From the 2011 CTR surveys you completed, we learned that KC employees’ commute behavior changed in a big way. At all KC worksites with more than 100 employees, our employees:
- Reduced their Drive-alone rate by 6.6%
- Decreased their Vehicle Miles Traveled per employee by 8%
- Decreased their GHG emissions per employee by 8%
This resulted in those employees using nearly 475 fewer gallons of gas per day and 120,000 fewer gallons per year!
The reduction in drive-alone rate is equal to more than 450 fewer employees driving alone to work each day.
When we have the results from the 2013 CTR survey, we will let you know how well we did in 2013 compared with2011.
King County’s Employee ID/ORCA card – Has been opening doors for 1 year!
In June 2012, your Employee Transportation Program (ETP) and King County Facilities Management Department provided every benefit-eligible King County employee with a new ID/ORCA card.
Now, as the program turns one, we want to remind you that in addition to opening doors to your office, your ID/ORCA card also opens doors to a greener, cheaper commute. You (as a KC employee) can green your commute and use commute time texting, reading, relaxing, catching up, or napping.
Your ETP website (www.kingcounty.gov/ETP) is a great resource for learning about your transportation benefits, ID/ORCA card rules, new events, promotions, and more. By calling (206)263-4575, you may ask for Home Free Guarantee taxi rides and/or ask specific questions.
Additionally, on the ETP website, there are two new videos that are designed to help you understand these great benefits, as well as your responsibilities. We encourage you to visit your ETP website, watch the two short videos, and keep this email for your future reference.
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The Cascade Bike to Work Challenge results are in!
In 2013, 293 King County employees participated in the Cascade Bike to Work Challenge. Way to go KC employees. This is an increase of 25% over the May 2012 participation. We also had 24 County employees who were captains.
Per Cascade Bicycle Club, 2013 was the best year ever: almost 13,000 riders, 1870 Teams, 1,730,592 miles logged.
By June 21st, ETP will send every KC employee who participated in the Cascade Bike to Work Challenge, $10 in Commuter Bonus Plus vouchers. Commuter Bonus Plus vouchers are paper gift cards accepted at REI stores, most of Union-76 gas stations, Brown Bear car wash, YMCA and the AAA of Washington.
ID/ORCA Card Holders Are Available!
If you have any issues with your current ID/ORCA Card Holder or you need a new one, there are two ways to get a new one:
- Go to ID & Access Controll Office
King County Admin Building
500 4th Ave, Room 312
The office is open from 8 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday.
- Send us an email including your mail stop at ETP@kingcounty.gov and we will mail you a new Card Holder.
Idling = Zero MPG
Waiting for more than 30 seconds? Turn off your engine to save Gas, Money, and the Air.
Save Money, Save Gas Idling more than 30 seconds burns more fuel than turning off and restarting the engine.
Exposure to vehicle exhaust increases asthma symptoms, respiratory problems, heart disease and cancer risk.
Help the Environment
Vehicle exhaust pollutes our air and hurts our climate by producing air toxic and global warming pollution.
It is best for my car engine if I allow it to warm up before driving. False. Idling more than a few seconds is unnecessary, even on a cold morning. Just ease into your driving for the first few blocks of your trip until the engine is warm.
In terms of gas consumption and engine impact, it’s best to idle the engine rather than restart it.
False. On today’s vehicles, frequent restarting has little impact on engine components. Excessive idling can be hard on your engine as it isn’t working at peak operating temperature.